2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2009 00:42:06 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs: El Toro Marine Corps Air Station cleanup
Officials defend cleanup of toxic plume from old El Toro base

Despite repeated assurances that TCE plume doesn't pose a risk to residents, some skeptics have taken to e-mail and the internet to question the cleanup.

January 2, 2009

IRVINE - Years of work and millions of dollars have gone into the cleanup of a toxic plume released from the old El Toro airbase, with local leaders continually assuring residents that the contamination is too far down and too low a concentration to pose a health risk.

But despite assurances from the city, water district and Navy, a vocal group of skeptics has taken to the Internet and e-mail to argue that the solvent-laced water poses a real risk to nearby, as well as future, residents.

While officials say concerns about the cleanup is nothing new, the increased drive by the skeptics, including some former Marines and El Toro airport proponents, to question the project and accuse project leaders of covering up the truth has forced city and water district leaders to publicly respond.


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Lenny Siegel
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a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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